Arun Karpur

Arun Karpur

Extension Faculty
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor
Cornell University - ILR Extension
New York,NY 10016
Phone: (212) 340-2844
Fax: (212) 340-2800

Trained as a medical doctor and an epidemiologist, I currently serve as an Extension Faculty at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations in the Yang-Tan Institute. My research focuses on evaluation of workforce development and vocational rehabilitation programs, identifying causes and addressing health disparities among people with disabilities, and conducting evaluation research assessing the impact of international disability and rehabilitation programs. I specialize in quantitative evaluation methods including analysis of large extant administrative as well as survey data sets. I am highly interested in advancing theory-driven evaluation approaches. My research has been published in various education, healthcare and international journals.

I serve as a co-principal investigator (along with Thomas Golden at YTI) and research director for the NYS PROMISE [New York State Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income]. The NYS PROMISE is a $32.5 Million program lead by the NYS Office of Mental Health and is funded primarily through the U. S. Department of Education, Health and Human Services, U. S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration. The objective of this project is to test efficacy of evidence-based practices in improving transition to work and independent living for youth receiving SSI benefit and improve overall economic well-being of their family. This project is being implemented utilizing cutting-edge research methods of randomized clinical trial. Prior to NYS PROMISE, I have lead state-wide and national program evaluation of transition to adulthood programs for youth with disabilities. I currently serve as a national think-tank member contributing to new roadmap for transition to adulthood research within the Division of Career Development and Transition.

I work closely with faculty members at the Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech campus in advancing research on reducing health disparities among people with disabilities through delivery systems innovation and leveraging technology. I train and mentor clinical and public health researchers in health disparities research and I contribute to NIH-funded projects.

In the ILR School, I serve on the International Programs committee for advancing opportunities for ILR students to learn and work in international environments. I continue to mentor students who participate in ILR’s India Global Service Learning program.

I am also engaged in international public policy research. I serve as a Technical Advisor for a public policy research institute in India, called the Grassroots Research And Advocacy Movement (GRAAM and I am engaged in capacity building in evaluation and research methods in India. I have received funding from World Bank for conducting international program evaluation research.

Prior coming to Cornell in 2002, I worked as a Faculty Assistant in Research at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, and an adjunct teaching faculty in the College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.

In India, I started my medical career working as resident medical officer with India’s leading non-profit institution – Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement ( serving in the rural and indigenous regions.

I live with my wife, Radhika, and my daughter, Aaradhya, in Princeton, NJ. In my leisure-time, I work with non-profit organization in NJ advancing access to healthy living for South Asian communities.

MD - –Mysore Medical College, India
MPH -– College of Public Health, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL